Bourbon Braised Pork Chops

by Olivia

If you’re looking for a flavorful and comforting dish, these Bourbon Braised Pork Chops are just the thing. With a rich sauce made from orange juice, bourbon, and raisins, these pork chops are sure to impress. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Rich Flavor: The combination of bourbon, orange juice, and spices creates a deeply flavorful sauce.
  • Tender Pork: Braising the pork chops makes them tender and juicy.
  • Elegant Presentation: The orange slices and sauce make this dish look as good as it tastes.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: This dish is great for dinner parties or special occasions.
  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 pork chops, 1 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 orange slices
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Prepare the Pork Chops:
    • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture, coating both sides.
  2. Brown the Pork Chops:
    • Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the pork chops on both sides until golden brown.
  3. Add Orange Slices:
    • Place an orange slice on top of each pork chop in the skillet.
  4. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn starch, and ground allspice. Gradually stir in the hot water.
    • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
  5. Add Flavor to the Sauce:
    • Stir in the orange juice, bourbon, and raisins into the sauce.
  6. Combine and Simmer:
    • Pour the sauce over the pork chops in the skillet. Cover the skillet and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, or until the pork chops are tender.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the pork chops hot, with the sauce spooned over the top. Enjoy!

Variations

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture for a bit of heat.
  • Herb Infusion: Add fresh rosemary or thyme to the skillet while the pork chops are braising for extra flavor.
  • Fruit Addition: Substitute raisins with dried cranberries or apricots for a different twist.

Equipment

  • Shallow dish
  • Large skillet
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Spatula

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe

These bourbon braised pork chops pair wonderfully with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a simple green salad. They also go well with rice or couscous.

Tips

  • Even Browning: Make sure the pork chops are evenly browned on both sides before adding the orange slices and sauce.
  • Thickening the Sauce: Stir the sauce constantly to prevent lumps and ensure it thickens evenly.
  • Simmer Gently: Keep the heat low while simmering to avoid overcooking the pork chops.

FAQ

Q: Can I use boneless pork chops? A: Yes, boneless pork chops can be used, but they may cook slightly faster, so check for doneness sooner.

Q: Can I use a different type of alcohol? A: Yes, you can substitute the bourbon with whiskey or brandy for a similar flavor profile.

Q: How do I know when the pork chops are done? A: The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) and are tender to the touch.

Approximate Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 400 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 40g
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